Tottenham's Christian Eriksen highlights major positives despite defeat at Old Trafford

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Christian Eriksen believes there are positives to take from Tottenham's opening day defeat to Manchester United.

Manchester United took centre stage as the curtain was raised on the new Premier League season at Old Trafford before playing out a 1-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

It was England right-back Kyle Walker who bundled the ball into his own net on 22 minutes to settle a relatively even contest between two clubs that will undoubtedly be aiming for a top four finish this season. 

Despite defeat, Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen believes his side can take plenty of positives from their opening day display.

“We’re playing for points and we didn’t get any today, unlucky in my opinion, but I think with the way we played especially the way we started gives us some positive things to take away with us,” the midfielder told the club's official website.

“We created chances, especially in the first 20 minutes and if we play like that every game we’ll win a lot of matches.”

The Lilywhites managed nine shots at goal throughout 90 minutes - just one fewer than their hosts - and they hit the target on four occasions. 

Eriksen himself fashioned a match-best four key passes, while recording three attempts at goal himself - 67% of which were accurate.

  Total ShotsShooting Accuracy (%)Key PassesSuccessful PassesPass Completion (%)Dribbles WonFouls WonAerial Duels WonMins Played
Christian Eriksen 3 67 4 30 70 0 3 0 90

In the opening exchanges, the Denmark international missed by the narrowest of margins, with his cute chip falling just beyond Sergio Romero's crossbar. 

He spoke of this chance, as he said: “Once I got the ball I knew there was only one way and that was to lift it, unfortunately I gave it a bit too much power and it went a bit high.

“I’m glad I got into that position and I would have loved to scored but it’s something that we can build on, coming here and creating chances.”

It was a match filled with positives for the Lilywhites, who were ultimately unlucky not to leave Old Trafford with a share of the points. 

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